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Saturday, March 7, 14, 21 - 11:00 am and 2:00 pm
452 Railroad Street
St. Johsnbury, VT
Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at the door
“Watching Modern Times Theater founders Rose and Justin perform is inspiring on many fronts. They are confident and consummate professionals who know their art well. They are wonderfully creative—using their multiple skills to craft original content in their own inimitable style. They are hysterically historic—utilizing the traditional arts of puppetry, theater, vaudeville, mime, music, and storytelling with wry humor.” -- Rob Mermin, founder Circus Smirkus
Modern Times Theater is bringing its inimitable and wildly popular SATURDAY STOREFRONT TRILOGY to downtown St. Johnsbury for the first three weekends of March. An empty storefront will be converted into a pop up theater, featuring an epic Punch and Judy puppet melodrama in three parts. It’s Saturday morning cartoons, LIVE!
Each weekend features a new installment of “The Perils of Mr. Punch”, chronicling the troubles and travails of puppetry’s first couple- Punch and Judy. These shows feature brand new puppets and characters, as well as classic puppetry gags and tricks. The audience is invited to write letters to Mr. Punch, which will inform the creation of the next episode. Each week includes raffle prizes, delicious refreshments, live music, and a hilarious all-ages show. The atmosphere is lively and friendly, with pre-show music from a collection of vintage 78 rpm records, played on a hand-cranked gramophone (audience participation required). Both children and adults leave with faces and bellies sore from laughing.
Modern Times Theater delights crowds with a fresh take on the entertainment styles of the past, including novelty music, handmade puppetry, and classic comedy. Husband and wife performers Justin Lander and Rose Friedman have been adapting and updating Punch and Judy shows, and performing original variety acts with Vermont Vaudeville for over a decade.
Sunday, March 15, 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Doors open - 5:00 pm
Executive director remarks - 5:30 pm
Dinner is served - 6:00 pm
St. Kieran Community Center for the Arts
155 Emery St.
Tickets: $30.00 all seats. Advance tickets only.
This dinner with raffle and silent auction serves as a major fundraiser which supports the art center’s mission to foster the development of the arts in the Androscoggin Valley area and preserve the St. Kieran historic building located in what was previously referred to as “Irish Acres.” New to this year’s celebration is the music of Thomas Childs, bagpiper! Come and join us for music, food and friendship.
The main hall of the Arts Center, located at 155 Emery Street, Berlin, NH, will be transformed into a beautiful dining space on Sunday, March 15th. Back by popular demand (and taste bud excitement), Roland Riendeau of Jericho Deli will be preparing a traditional Irish meal and the raffle and silent auction items will be on display, ready for your chance to win! Our many supportive and generous business partners have donated an array of items to make this year’s fundraising raffle and silent auction worthwhile. We are looking forward to great food, old and new friends and a profitable fundraising effort to help us keep the center alive and kicking.
The doors will open at 5:00. Come and enjoy the music of Tom Childs as he makes the bagpipes of Scotland sing! Executive Director remarks will begin at 5:30 and dinner will be served at 6:00 p.m. Advanced sale tickets for this event are $30.00 and are available at the arts center office or on line at www.stkieranarts.org (performance series/events link). A very limited number of $35 tickets will be available at the door on the evening of the event. Please call or visit to reserve space for yourself and your dinner buddies!
There you have it; the perfect excuse to get out of the house for a bit. Come and see for yourself what a gem we have in our midst and support the arts in the North Country.
Tuesday, April 7th, 4 pm - 6 pm
115 Eastern Avenue
St. Johnsbury, VT
Join us at Catamount Arts on Tuesday, April 7th from 4-6 at Catamount Arts to celebrate STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) in our community. Catamount Arts and the Fairbanks Museum in collaboration with St. Johnsbury Academy, St. Johnsbury School, and the Athenaeum presents - St. Johnsbury puts the “A” in STEM - “Open Community, Open House." This event is open to all community members old and young, inexperienced and/or professional. The premise is how STEM inspires art or vice versa.
The evening will be "fair" style. Community members will have their own space at a table. They can have their own slide shows, demonstrations, art displayed, and they will represent themselves at the event. We will have two featured STEAM speakers present during the evening.
This multigenerational event was hugely successful last year with over 40 community partners, 100 individuals in attendance and over 50 displays that were expressions of there unique connection to STEAM. Pictures from last year's event can be seen HERE.
Please register at your earliest convenience. To reserve your free space, click HERE.
A weekend of music and merriment
Friday, August 28 - Sunday, August 30
See schedule below
East Ryegate, VT
Tickets: Early-Bird Special (ends March 19th) $125, Full Price: $150
After purchasing your ticket, please fill out the registration form found HERE.
Weekend retreat includes a weekend of fun, ritual, instruction, food, and drink provided by Will and Lynn. Primitive housing provided for free! Commuting is optional.
A magical, musical retreat in the mountains of Vermont! Lynn and Will Rowan will lead a gentle weekend of singing with dancing, storytelling, drumming, and ritual in the beautiful hills of northern Vermont! No music reading skills required, just a willingness to open to music, community, and nature. The weekend will include music from harmony singing traditions around the world. We will also sing rounds, chants, and songs of solidarity to celebrate the earth, reinforce our interconnectedness, and heal our hearts in these challenging times. Friday and Saturday we will make a procession up the hill with bagpipes and drums to honor the sun in song, then light our evening fire for stories, music, and merriment. Please bring musical instruments if you have them! The weekend will culminate in a Sunday afternoon community concert by Lynn & Will and the Summersong Singers. Join kindred spirits, friends new and old, and music-lovers and celebrate summer’s end with us!
Meals and accommodations
The traditional farmyard barn where we will be rehearsing has a common sleeping area upstairs. Participants may alternately bring tents to camp onsite or choose to commute. There are no onsite showers, but there is swimming nearby in a stream and pond. All participants will take part in the daily chores of the camp including cooking our communal meals, cleaning up after meals, and keeping our space tidy, helping build our community for the weekend.
The weekend will be held at Whitehill Farm, located in the southern most point of the Northeast Kingdom. The Farm was a traditional dairy farm and we continue to pasture heifers to this day. The homestead continues to maintain 40 acres, most of which are pasture, but there is a 3 acre parcel of cedars and five acres of sugar maples that are tapped each year. There are outstanding views from the top of this traditionally rugged property where you can take in the White Mountains and the Connecticut River. The property also has a small stream and a neighboring farm yard pond where we can cool off each day.
Camp is not geared towards children under 10. Participants aged 10-11 should be accompanied by an adult or older sibling. People aged 12 and up can attend independently.
For more information, please contact Heather Alger: Heather.L.Alger@gmail.com
- 4-5:00 - Arrivals
- 5:00 - Opening
- 6:00 - Dinner
- 6:30 - Dinner Cleanup
- 7:00 - Opening Circle/Singing down the Sun
- 8:00 - Evening Fire
- 8:00 - Breakfast prep
- 8:30 - Breakfast
- 9:00 Breakfast cleanup
- 9:30 Morning Singing
- 12:00 - Lunch Prep
- 12:30 - Lunch
- 1:30 - Lunch cleanup
- 2:00 - Afternoon singing/dancing
- 4:30 - Dinner prep
- 6:00 - Dinner
- 6:30 - Dinner cleanup
- 7:00 - Singing down the Sun
- 8:00 - Evening Fire
- 8:00 - Breakfast prep
- 8:30 - Breakfast
- 9:00 - Breakfast cleanup
- 9:30 - Morning Singing
- 11:30 - Lunch prep
- 12:15 - Lunch
- 12:45 - Lunch clean-up
- 1:15 - Concert prep
- 2:00 - Closing Circle
- 3-4 - Concert
- 4-5 - Final Clean-up / Departures
Will was raised in a community where folk music and dance played an important role in bringing people together to celebrate. He fell in love with ensemble singing while touring with Village Harmony, learning from master singers and dancers at home and abroad. He studied music composition and ethnomusicology at Marlboro College, winning awards in choral composition and publishing several pieces. He also holds a Masters of Music in Choral Conducting from the Bard College Conservatory. Will is a multi-instrumentalist, playing banjo, piano, accordion, bagpipes, and percussion. With his sensitive style and years of cross-cultural teaching experience from international tours with Northern Harmony, Will is now a sought after song leader, teaching Village Harmony camps in the US and Lithuania.
Lynn has dedicated her professional life to the study of vocal performance in its many and varied forms and has performed and taught workshops, lessons and lead choirs in singing for the past decade. These days she spends most of her time performing with her vocal band, Windborne, focusing on songs of social justice. Having grown up immersed in the folk communities of Vermont and discovering harmony singing traditions of many cultures through Village Harmony (which she now teaches for), her work is deeply rooted in and influenced by nature, history, and folklore of not only her own home, but also rich traditions from all over the world. Lynn's teaching style is clear, warm, and encouraging.